Aug. 8, 2003
Olympic gold medal hurdler Derrick Adkins and four-time all-America golfer David Duval head a group of six former Georgia Tech student-athletes who have been elected to the Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
Joining Adkins and Duval are two members of the Yellow Jackets’ 1990 National Championship football team, all-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback Shawn Jones and all-America kicker Scott Sisson, as well as six-time track all-American Nelrae Pasha Ali and 1982 football team captain David Lutz.
Three of the inductees, Adkins, Duval and Pasha Ali, were named last year to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary teams in their respective sports.
The six athletes will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame Friday, Nov. 14, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
Adkins, who competed for Tech from 1988-93, won a Gold Medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and was the world champion in the event 1991 and 1993. He was a member of Tech’s national champion 4×400 relay in 1992 and 1993, and was a seven time all-American in the 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay. Adkins also won ACC titles eight times in those events, and was named the ACC Outdoor Most Valuable Performer in 1991. He earned all-conference honors nine times in the two events, and still shares a school-record with the outdoor 4×400 relay team. Tech’s team captain in 1991, 1992 and 1993, Adkins lives in his hometown of West Hempstead, N.Y.
Duval swept all three National Player of the Year awards as a senior in 1993 (Fred Haskins Award, Jack Nicklaus Trophy, Dave Williams Award) and became just the third collegiate golfer to be named a first-team all-America four times (1990-93). He was named ACC Player of the Year twice, 1992 and 1993, all-ACC four times, and won the ACC individual championship in both 1991 and 1993. Duval set a school record for career victories (8), now shared with Bryce Molder, and finished his career as the school record holder in career stroke average (71.82), broken by Molder in 2001. Duval was a member of the ACC championship teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and one NCAA East Regional championship team in 1991. He was the NCAA individual runner-up in 1993, when the Jackets also finished second, and has gone on to a successful career in the PGA Tour with 13 victories, including the 2001 British Open. Duval, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla., makes his home in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Jones, a second-team all-ACC choice in 1990 and 1991 and the conference Rookie of the Year in 1989, finished his career as the ACC and Tech career leader in total offense. He now ranks fourth in the ACC, second at Tech. Jones also finished his career as the Tech career passing leader with 8,441 yards (now second to Joe Hamilton), and set season records at Tech for pass completions, passing yardage and total offense (all since broken). He still holds the Tech career record for most passes completed (652) and attempted (1,217). A team captain in 1992, Jones is one of only three four-year starters at quarterback in Tech history, and the Yellow Jackets compiled a record of 31-15-1 during his career. A native of Thomasville, Ga., Jones now lives in Atlanta.
A six-time all-American in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay, Pasha Ali won eight ACC Championships in those events and nine all-ACC citations. She set a school record in the outdoor 400 meters (51.30 seconds in 1993), and remains a member of six Tech-record relay teams (4×100, 4×400, sprint medley, distance medley, indoor 4×400, indoor mile). Tech’s team captain in 1992 and 1993, she was twice an NCAA runner-up in the 400 meters. Originally from Marietta, Ga., Pasha Ali now lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
Sisson will forever be remembered for his game-winning field goal at Virginia in 1990 on Tech’s way to the UPI national championship. He won five other games for the Yellow Jackets with last-minute kicks during his career. The Marietta, Ga., native earned first-team all-America and first-team all-ACC honors in 1992. He finished his career as Tech’s all-time leader in points (299), field goals (60), and PATs (119). He still holds the Tech mark for field goals, while the other marks were broken in 2002 by Luke Manget. A finalist for the 1992 Groza Award, Sisson now lives in Canton, Ga.
Tech’s team captain in 1982, Lutz was a four-year starter on the offensive line as the Yellow Jackets went from independent status to a member of the ACC during his career. He was named to the All-South team by Southern Living magazine and played in the Blue-Gray Game in 1982. The Kansas City Chiefs made him a second-round pick in the 1983 National Football League draft, and Lutz embarked on a successful 12-year career in the NFL for the Chiefs and the Detroit Lions. Lutz now lives in Eatonton, Ga.